We have spent this week examining very simple phrases capable of empowering you and those around you. The complex interactions we have each day with clients, work associates, friends and family are largely carried out in language. What we say, and how we say it, matters. Speaking intentionally is an art and a gift.
So today, two last things you should say on a regular basis.
“Let’s give it a try”
Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We so often hesitate out of fear. More likely, however, we would do better to fear hesitation. Action is a key component of success. Have you ever put off a sales call or an idea only to see a competitor pick it up later? How many great ideas founder for lack of a little bit of daring? Inspire yourself and those around you with a willingness to take on new projects and to take a chance every now and then.
You probably knew this was coming. Sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all. If your motive is negative, say nothing at all. If you have been proven right, consider saying nothing at all. Sometimes out of respect, say nothing at all. The negative space we thus create says volumes.
Carefully crafting our words, speaking intentionally and with empathy helps to ensure we are understood and fulfills our responsibility to communicate fully with those around us.